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Riders Remake Detroit Site Into Makeshift BMX Park

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Brush Park BMX

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – BMX bike riders have transformed a city-owned plot of land just outside Detroit’s downtown into a maze of trails, ramps and jumps.

The bike enthusiasts say they worked without formal permission to remake the site in the Brush Park neighborhood. In recent weeks, they’ve come to the site nightly from around the Detroit area to work and ride.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joe Gall said he was in the area from Royal Oak earlier this year, looking for interesting buildings and scenes to photograph in the snow. He said he spotted a pheasant and followed it to the garbage-strewn site, and returned the next day to start cleaning it up.

Some riders are considering forming a nonprofit organization in the first step toward legitimizing the makeshift park. Until then, the bikers say they will continue to improve and shape the park.

MORE: An Inside Look At Brush Park BMX

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